you were around in the early days of computer gaming you might
remember playing The Hobbit on the Spectrum, or Sonic the
Hedgehog on the Sega Megadrive. Relive the highs and lows
of the old days with this book, or amuse anybody too young
to remember with how clunky and old fashioned it all seems
have fond memories of doing both the above having been a fan
since opening my Spectrum on Christmas morning back in 1983.
Alongside the success stories are the consoles that never
took off, the games nobody wanted to play and the add-ons
that sounded cool but were the exact opposite. There is nothing
quite like being around during the early days of anything
that becomes hugely popular and this book relives it all.
Profusely illustrated in color and divided into sections for
different systems this is a fun book to have around and dip
into in odd moments. Read about the consoles that became household
names and the games made for them. Discover what worked and
why, and what bombed (and also why). Anything like this is
fun to read whether you were there or not, and is also a fascinating
slice of social history from the 80s until (mostly) the 00s.
You won’t find the DS in here, or the Wii, X-Box or
anything else from the past fifteen or so years as this is
a look at older technology than that. The author manages to
eschew chunks of what could have been rather dry technical
text into short bites that keep it all fun and interesting.
Fascinating trip down memory lane if you were there and an
entertaining history lesson if you weren’t.